Narrowing the school aid funding gap for charters

Posted by Alicia Urbain on April 18, 2018
This year, the school aid budget process has been extremely successful in continuing to close the equity gap that exists in the state of Michigan. MAPSA has been hard at work advocating for equal funding for all students no matter their zip code, wealth, or race. With the support of thousands of [...]
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Topics: Education Policy, Equitable Funding

NSCW Series: The Sanders Family

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on January 19, 2018
In celebration of National School Choice Week (Jan. 21-27, 2018), we invited charter school parents across Michigan to share their stories of school-choice success. Meet Corinne Sanders, a mom who has three children who have attended William C. Abney Academy in Grand Rapids.
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Topics: Charter Schools, Education Policy

A Resolution We Can All Keep

Posted by Guest Author on January 16, 2018
As we start off another new year, many of us have made resolutions about the things we need to do to lose weight, save money, improve relationships, etc. Unfortunately, most resolutions are abandoned by mid-February. Those resolutions fail as we slide back into our routines or because we just can’t [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Education Solutions, Education Policy

Regulation is NOT accountability!

Posted by Alicia Urbain on September 14, 2017
I have been working in education policy for almost seven years. I often hear quotes like this recent one from a Michigan Radio interview with Ed Trust-Midwest’s Amber Arellano:  “Michigan is a very unusual state in that we’re one of the least regulated [states] when it comes to our charter [...]
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Topics: ESSA, Education Policy, Accountability, Regulation

Lesson From Massachusetts: People Will Always Play Politics With Your Child’s Education

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on November 10, 2016
Although I live in Michigan, I followed with great interest on election night an issue that was on the ballot in Massachusetts. Question 2 was a ballot issue that would have lifted the cap on charter schools in that state. A Yes vote would have allowed up to 12 new schools or expansions a year.  [...]
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Topics: Michigan, Education Policy

Public Education Funding: For Students or Institutions?

Posted by Dan Quisenberry on August 18, 2016
A new study by the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University aims to figure out why certain school districts have a harder time balancing their books. The lead author is MSU Professor David Arsen, and the study is titled “Which Districts Get Into Financial Trouble and Why: Michigan’s [...]
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Topics: School Funding, Education Policy

Sweeping Changes to Michigan’s Charter School Act

Posted by Alicia Urbain on August 15, 2016
While there has been a lot of the news surrounding the recent Detroit Public School restructuring, a few big reforms largely slipped under the radar.  The entire package of bills mainly focused on Detroit Public Schools except for a few short sections.  Those sections, amendments to Michigan’s [...]
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Topics: Michigan, Education Policy